Battle of Fort George
Fort George, Niagara-on-the-Lake
by Gary McWilliams (aka Festival Nomad)
The Battle of Fort George…
I arrived at Fort George just in time for the start of the Battle. British/Canadian troops and American troops were spread out over a large field.
If you have never been to a battle re-enactment, you should go! It’s very exciting!
There were about 250 re-enactors participating in the battle.
Shortly after the battle began, gun and cannon smoke filled the air. Soldiers charged forward and then fell back.
Rifle and cannon shots rang out, and soldiers on the battlefield dropped down “dead“.
It was all, of course, a wonderful act, but one that demonstrated both the heroics and horror of war.
It’s amazing to think that even though both sides fought so furiously that we ultimately became good friends!
A friendship that has lasted almost 200 years. After the Battle of Fort George was over, the on looking crown was invited to explore Fort George.
Before going into the Fort, I introduced myself to the event organizer, Peter Martin.
Judi and I have been to Niagara-on-the-Lake many times, and have even driven past the Fort, but we have never been inside.
So this was going to be my first visit. Unlike Fort Henry in Kingston, which we have visited a few times, Fort George is an older
Fort with the fortifications made from wood logs. The ends of the logs are pointed and sharp!
The layout inside the Fort is simple and the buildings include two Blockhouses, a Flag Bastion, Gun Shed, Officer’s Quarters, Officer’s Kitchen, Artificer’s Building, Powder Magazine (which was the only fort building to survive the War of 1812 and the neglect of years since).
The Fort has a great legend map to follow and gives you a quick glimpse of the many more buildings and artifacts to see and learn about.
With my camera full of great photos, it was time to take my leave.
So much more to discover, but a great way to spend a day with your family and friends!